COVid update - 30th December 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we once again will be temporarily closing our doors due to Devon now being placed into Tier Three. While we take the decision with immense sadness, our priority remains to play our part supporting the Government’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure the duty of care for our staff, guests, and the local community.

 

We do not currently know how long we will remain in Tier Three, and as a result, we are assuming a minimum period of at least four weeks. If you are due to visit us during this period of closure we will be in contact with you over the next couple of days to discuss how you would prefer to move forward with your booking.

 

We thank you all for your ongoing support during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Please continue to keep up to date on our social media, website, blog and we will post further updates as soon as we have clarification in the coming weeks.

 

We want to take this time to wish you all a better, healthier and happier new year ahead and we look forward to seeing you all again when the time is right.

 

Take care, and stay safe

 

The DCS team

SAFETY MEASURES FOR COOKERY CLASSES

Our school is adhering to strict social distancing rules, with reduced numbers, increased cleaning and sanitisation. We are doing everything necessary to be smart and safe and we are ensuring our students are doing the same. If you're not feeling 100%, you must stay home. If you feel something coming on, err on the side of caution. And if you've already booked and come down with something, there won't be any cancellation repercussions. Your health and safety is our number one priority.

For courses, you will have your own utensils and equipment wherever possible and you will be spaced out in our cookery school to allow distance between guests - there will be a maximum of 5 customers on any course in our cookery school.

These courses are hands on and there may be some instances where social distancing between student and chef tutor may not be possible. In this instance the Chef tutor will always wear a mask and hand washing/ sanitising will always be in place.

A FEW THINGS WE ASK OF YOU:

  • Students are requested to bring the following to class for their own personal use only:

    1. Mask

    2. Water bottle

    3. Pen

    4. Takeaway containers if you wish (although we do provide brand new and clean ones every time)

  • Aprons and tea towels are provided. Washed after every use on a high heat.

  • Temperatures will be taken and recorded upon arrival*

  • Please respect social distancing while we check everyone in.

  • Please use the hand disinfectant when entering the school.

  • Please provide up-to-date contact details during check-in to help us facilitate contact tracing if required.

  • Please wear a mask during our cooking time. You do not have to wear one during  lunch and coffee breaks

  • Everyone is expected to wash their hands when they enter the Kitchen and sanitise if necessary throughout the class.

  • If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into a tissue and follow-up with immediate hand washing

  • Please stay at home if you are feeling symptomatic and let us know. 

  • Very importantly, thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

* Attendees registering temperatures recorded at 38C or above will not be able to participate; attendees registering temperatures recorded at 37.5C - 37.9C will be allowed 20 minutes to cool down before being re-checked; should their temperature remain at or above 37.5C, the attendee will not be able to participate.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

  • Our team will wear a mask whenever interacting closely with students.

  • Class numbers will be reduced to help ensure physical distancing.

  • Stations will be spaced 1 meter apart.

  • You will also be 1 meter apart during lunch

  • A hand sanitisation station will be available upon entry into the premises.

  • The team will record and log student contact details to facilitate contact tracing if required.

  • Stations will be set-up to help minimise cross-over movement while cooking.

  • Hand disinfectant will be available at each Hands-On station.

  • We have installed information notices around all sink and toilet areas to advise customers of the HSE guidelines on good hand hygiene.

  • We have increased resources around cleaning. We are diligently and regularly cleaning all our surfaces within the school including door handles.

  • All team members have been briefed and retrained on the importance of correct hand hygiene and will abide by Devon Cookery School's comprehensive COVID-19 Response Plan. 

DEVON COOKERY SCHOOL COVID-19 POLICY STATEMENT

Devon Cookery School is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our workers and customers. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan. All managers, supervisors and workers are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus.

We will:

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our workers

  • provide up to date information to our workers on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie

  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques

  • provide an adequate number of trained Worker Representative(s) who are easily identifiable and put in place a reporting system

  • inform all workers of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements

  • adapt the workplace to facilitate physical distancing

  • keep a log of contact / group work to help with contact tracing

  • have all workers attend an induction / familiarisation briefing

  • develop a procedure to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at work or in the workplace

  • provide instructions for workers to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during work

  • intensify cleaning in line with government advice

All managers, supervisors and workers will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions. This can be done through the Worker Representative(s).

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Email: info@devoncookeryschool.com

Address: Pipers Farm, Cullompton, EX15 1SD

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